State Legislators will likely pass a bill this week to "toughen" Wisconsin's pathetically lenient drunken driving laws. While the legislation hardly sends the message that Wisconsin is serious about cracking down on the scourge of the state, something is better than nothing.
But the problem is, lawmakers likely won't be able to raise enough money to cover the cost of tougher enforcement. They will be relying on fees charged to criminals, which will likely only raise $15 million, and hopefully less (I'm pro less crime). If legislators were serious about raising money to crack down on drunken drivers they would raise the state's minuscule beer tax. But as this cartoon illustrates, they don't have the snowball for that.